Money for Mo’s

image from movember.com

image from movember.com

Gentleman, grow your facial hair.  Movember, the month formerly known as November, has kicked off. This may explain the peach fuzz newly appearing on the upper lips of men around the globe. The mo-growing movement’s purpose is to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer.

The idea was originally concocted by a group of Australian men over pints at a Melbourne pub. They decided to accept charitable donations for growing their mo’s—Aussie slang for moustache.  The booze-inspired idea soon grew global, with numerous other countries following the trend and supporting the cause. The month-long event is currently taking place in Canada, the United States, Spain, the United Kingdom, and South Africa, among others.

Mo-growing men must start November 1 with a clean-shaven face. For the following 30 days, the participants grow and groom their upper lip and accept donations for doing so. Each country has chosen a different charitable foundation to support. Canada is proudly raising funds for Prostate Cancer Canada.

Gala Parties for Movember will be held at the end of the month in various cities around the world. Toronto’s Gala Party will kick off at 8 p.m. November 26, 2009 at The Guvernment and tickets are only $10.

Men are encouraged to dress up as their moustache bearing idols, including anyone from Tom Selleck to Gandhi. Prizes will be awarded, as they will as at every Movember Gala Party, for everything from Lame Mo, Ultimate Mo, Miss Movember and the highest accolade of being named “Man of Movember.”  The winner from each city will then be in competition for the esteemed “International Man of Movember” title.

image from flashyourstache.wordpress.com

Last year, the Movember campaign raised $2.4 million dollars in Canada alone.

Movember brings awareness and support for men coping with prostate cancer and other health issues in also raised, so come out for a good time and a good cause.

Visit the Movember website – www.movember.com <http://www.movember.com> to donate to a registered participant or to find a Movember Gala in a city near you.

-Emily English

image from blog.calsun.canoe.ca

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2 responses to “Money for Mo’s

  1. Every guy I know who participated last year ended up keeping his ‘stache!

  2. Hey, great post, very well written. You should blog more about this. I’ll definitely be subscribing.

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